Patterns are everywhere. If you investigate nature, you will see symmetries repeating themselves in flowers and grass. If you listen to music, you will hear intervals and repeated frequencies. But what we sometimes overlook in our conscious experience, are the patterns in our minds.
We are constantly making sense of the world through our senses and building models in order to move more easier in our daily lives. Previous experiences build memories from which we can project outcomes to a new situation in order to know how to behave and act in the given moment. As our experiences grew wider and we settled from the uncertainty, we have implemented stronger and stronger models for ourselves. In other words, we created patterns of behaviour as we lived through our lives.
Like the patterns in any given context, patterns of behaviour can be deconstructed to a fundamental domain, a crystal, that can be used in order to create more of the same pattern. This crystal in the context of behaviour can be thought as identity. In order to understand how the patterns are created through this identity crystal and what are its psychological dimensions, I will use the analogy of printing patterns to a canvas with a stamp (demonstrated in the video).
Stamp is a tool that uses the fundamental domain, the crystal, to print the whole pattern to the canvas. As seen in the video, stamp has different kinds of edges that express certain parts of the crystal that can be identified and thus connected to each other in order to construct the solid stamp that can be moved across the canvas when printing the pattern. But in what way this has to do with identity and behaviour patterns? In this analogy, the stamp is your identity, canvas is the environment in which you move, and the pattern is the conscious experience created by this process.
Your identity crystal holds the memories through which you construct your beliefs of your inner and outer world. The traumas that are embedded in your crystal create edges to your stamp that are connected to each other through life experience. Like in the video, some edges of experience are connected in a non-linear way, and thus creates more complex structures for your identity stamp. In the video, the more complex edges create a certain topology in a stamp, in this case one hole, that from the perspective of identity can be viewed as a hole in perception - Hole in the knowledge of oneself and identity that is part of you, but cannot be seen in form through the pattern of two-dimensional experience.
The environment, in the analogy the canvas, to which you print with your identity stamp is blank, and your interaction with it creates your experience. This does not necessary mean that reality without your stamp is empty. It’s the opposite: reality is a canvas of infinite possibilities, but what you experience, relies on the stamp you are. The way you see, smell, feel, taste and hear is part of your stamp, and like the canvas for the stamp, the reality outside of our human experience has way more broader perception possibilities that we as human stamps can experience. But what is fortunate for us as humans, is that we can be conscious of this limitation and analyse the process in which we find ourselves in. This ongoing mystery we call consciousness may be our tool to broaden our stamp to new dimensions and so make more sense of the reality canvas we move along in our daily life.
In the analogy, I referred to the stamping process that creates the pattern of our conscious experience. Now seeing the consciousness as a tool to observe these patterns of experience, it is useful to view it as a concept of its own. In the form of analogy, the experience is the created pattern and consciousness the observer that is aware of that pattern.
If we now look at the whole process of identity stamp creating experience patterns through moving and stamping along the environment canvas, and lay the conscious observer to the game, we are simply talking about the point of view, in which all the experience is relative to our minds perception and so it is very hard to precisely know what is real. But even as we might be the prisoners of our minds, we have this possibility to observe these patterns we create and so choose what kind of stamp we want to create for ourselves. This creation process needs another dimension to our analysis of patterns, that I call the patterns of the mind. Also known as thought patterns.
Every experience pattern from the conscious observer point of view can be seen as a thought pattern that has some emotion attached to it. The printed pattern we project to canvas triggers thoughts to which we react and base our next stamp, relative to the way we see the pattern unfold in the patterns of our stamp. The deeper and connected the emotions and patterns of behaviour, the more we are taken by the thought patterns and thus continue living and experiencing the life this way. If we can really be at the state of an observer and identify the identity stamp that is creating the experience, we can start to see the possibilities that can be printed in the environment canvas.
In the observer state, you are seeing all the ways the pattern of existence is triggering the thoughts that take you to certain patterns of behaviour, and this awareness enables you to slowly pick up what thoughts are associated to what pattern and you are no longer taken away by your old patterns – Now you can choose. Now you see the canvas and not only the patterns. You see your identity and all the dimensions of your stamp. Now you can build the patterns that serve your visions and no longer take you to the negative spirals. You have your artistic freedom.
This creation process is not as simple as following the old patterns, but if some pattern is not satisfying to your awareness, know that you can change it by standing back in the observer awareness. And by understanding different possibilities through other people’s patterns, you can learn to adapt those patterns to your identity that drive your life towards your visions. In the end, I believe that this learning and integration process while we grow up is the most beautiful pattern there is.
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